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I'm not sore after doing squats. Am I doing something wrong?

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is not something you should use to gauge the efficiency of your workouts. It's mostly only experienced when your body gets put through something it's not used to. ...
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Does massaging the muscle help relieve delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)?

You hit on an important distinction between pain and recovery. Massage may very well make you feel less pain, but that does not mean it will improve your recovery. Many immediately jump to "At least ...
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Neck problems, are massages the best answer?

I would recommend a balanced and proven strength training program. The typical office job tends to provide numerous posture issues and strains from being in awkward positions for hours at a time. ...
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Neck problems, are massages the best answer?

I cant diagnose you but a doctor might be able to identify if you have any of the following: I think you may have Thoracic Kyphosis/Forward Head ("Computer Guy" Hunchback): Upper cross syndrome is ...
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Don't feel muscle soreness until after a day

The soreness that you experience is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). What causes it? When you exercise, the muscles get damaged. That damage is a signal for the muscle to grow and get ...
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I'm not sore after doing squats. Am I doing something wrong?

You started squatting more so you would get better at squatting. It sounds like your plan is working. You're better at squatting since you squat more. One part of being better at squatting is that ...
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Shoulder feels sore/strained after 10 sets of 10 on Bench Press?

It's likely all the bench-pressing that you're doing. Too much volume: 10x10 is a very high-volume program. Most lifters stick to around 3x10 or 4x8 for hypertrophy. It also might be a muscle ...
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Should I wait until my muscles are 100% free of any signal of soreness before training for strength again?

Muscle soreness is not an indicator of overtraining. Go ahead and work out.
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Why do I never have muscle soreness at my back?

DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is primarily something you feel when you stretch out the eccentric portion of the exercise. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_onset_muscle_soreness) ...
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How to avoid overworking lower back?

To build on Eric's comment; the best advice is to follow a workout program that is tried and true. If you're trying to make your own program, and you find yourself having to ask this question, you ...
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How Can I remove my muscle weakness? Please advise

This honestly just sounds like a case of DOMS. What is that? “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness”, it’s a side effect training muscles more than normal. DOMS is a sign that your muscles are breaking down, ...
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Does exercising when only partially recovered benefit your performance in the long run?

I think most popular and effective training programs do not allow you to recover fully. Recovering fully, being at peak power and endurance, is usually achieved by tapering off your training. As ...
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What is the minimum amount of time someone might need for muscles to recover?

For the sake of vocabulary, I think you're talking about "training recovery". There is short term recovery, like the time you need between sets, but you mentioned supercompensation so you're talking ...
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Should I continue other exercises while dealing with sore hamstrings?

I would recommend doing something, to second Alex here, for active recovery. I would avoid running and do some skip rope instead and after you properly warmed up, you can do your other exercise. The ...
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What is a muscle knot?

What is referred to as a "muscle knot" is also known as a "trigger point" or "myofascial trigger point". They are medically controversial little things, because despite being talked about so much and ...
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Why do I never have muscle soreness at my back?

Per your request in your comments, I'd refer you to my answer to a similar question pertaining to ab training. As I indicated in the answer from the referenced post, DOMS is not a valid indicator of ...
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Is Muscle soreness right after exercise possible?

You're talking about two different things. The pain you experience during or right after the exercise is called acute muscle soreness: Acute muscle soreness is the pain felt in muscles during and ...
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Newbie's question about eating and being sore

The biggest factor is almost certainly that on the first training session, it had been 6 months since you last did any pull-ups, whereas on the second session, it had only been less than a week since ...
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Does taking painkillers reduce muscle gain?

Moderate or occasional doses are probably fine, but further research is necessary. If a negative relationship between NSAIDS and gains exits, then it is probably dose dependent. This study from Krentz ...
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My legs are more sore than they've ever been?

Muscle soreness is irrelevant to muscle growth. It's just a sign you haven't exercised these particular muscles recently. Provided you've had enough rest and good calorie intake in the last few days, ...
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Is lack of soreness adequate to determine whether it's time to train again?

For weight lifting, the rule of thumb is waiting 48-72 hours before training a muscle group again. This will differ slightly between how long you've been training for, how long your workouts are / how ...
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arms (biceps & triceps) are never sore the next day following workout

Soreness (DOMS: Delayed onset muscle soreness) is not a good indicator of work effort. Check out this answer for more info, specifically on the types of things that cause DOMS and the things that don'...
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Sore back when I increase incline on a treadmill

This is a common thing, and in most cases, easy to fix. Incline on the treadmill puts more stress on the lower back When walking or running uphill, the load on the muscles change. You are forced to ...
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Is lack of soreness adequate to determine whether it's time to train again?

Good question! In short, No, soreness is not a good indicator of rest/recovery. And you're right the answer is different for strength training vs aerobic and, if I may add injury. In many cases, with ...
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What muscle am I stretching when I pull my chin back and tilt my head to the side

It's a little hard to tell, but since you have ruled out the scalene, trapezius and levator scapulae, my first suspects would be the sternocleidomastoid, or possibly (if it is towards the front of the ...
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Neck problems, are massages the best answer?

I wanted to join the commentary because I too started having upper back problems around my shoulders and neck when I entered my 30s**. I spent a full year trying a number of different things including ...
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Biceps brachialis sorness but not brachii

If you're lifting to get stronger, progress is measured in your weights. If you're lifting to get bigger, progress is measured in the mirror and with a tape measure. Soreness is never a good ...
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How to stop feeling so uncomfortable after working out?

The simplest answer is that you are no longer as fit as you once were. It will take some time to regain your lost level of fitness. Other possible considerations (or combinations): You're not ...
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Issues With Lowerbody Muscle Recovery

I've had this problem and overcame it to some extent. Here are some things that helped. Post-workout stretching. I never stretched after lifting, but I found that it was helpful on leg days. At the ...
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